Bovey Tracey is a nice town, the Gateway To Dartmoor (several other towns claim this !), with a history of conflict. In 1646 Cromwell took the Royalists by surprise, an old gateway, part of a former priory, was named Cromwells Arch.
Bovey Tracey has a small shopping area but it is fairly busy as it's close to Dartmoor, making it an ideal holiday touring base. Down by the bridge across the River Bovey is an interesting craft centre to visit in the restored Riverside Mill. The town once produced Bovey pottery. Outside Bovey Tracey the industrial estates spread out towards the main A38.
The road towards the A38 was popular in the 60's as it was one mile long and bikers, before speed limits were introduced, liked to achieve 100mph plus down the road on Sundays. This feat is not possible now due to roundabouts being introduced.
Bovey Tracey used to have a tramway, linking Haytor granite quarries to the Stover Canal. You can now wak along it as it is now part of 'The Templer Way Trail' which goes all the way to the River Teign.
Church of SS. Peter, Paul & Thomas A good example of a Devon church.
The Rock Garden 3.0 miles 8 acres of gardens, complete with a waterfall.
Orchid Paradise 3.7 miles Admire the orchids.
Devon Guild of Craftsmen A nice arts and craft centre.
The Cardew Teapottery A unique pottery that only makes teapots.
Ugbrooke Park 3.9 miles An impressive house, rebuilt on the site of a medieval house, on an estate.
Teign Valley Glass and House of Marbles Discover the history of marbles, and local glass blowing.
Parke Relax in the gardens or take a longer woodland walk.
Yarner Wood An ideal place for walks in the countryside.
Kennick, Tottiford & Trenchford Reservoirs Nice lakeside and woodland walks.
Canonteign Falls & Country Park 2.8 miles A large waterfall and countryside to explore along the River Teign.
Becky Falls 3.1 miles Tumbling water in pleasant woodland.
Delve into Dartmoor from here, its well worth it, or visit the shops, or even a day at the races, in Newton Abbot.
Towns Near Bovey Tracey To Visit - straight line distance:Chudleigh (3.16 miles) Haytor (3.67 miles) Newton Abbot (5.44 miles) Moretonhampstead (6.00 miles)